The leopard. A secretive and very shy animal. Well camouflaged. Above all, extremely difficult to find. Therefore, where can you spot a leopard?
Living mostly in solitude, you really do need to know the right environment to see these magnificent creatures up close.
Our travel partners Rainbow Tours are African Specialists. Furthermore, they have created a list of their top recommendations. Giving you the best chance to spot a leopard in the wild.
As with any wildlife, it really does depend on the day. This beautiful member of the Panthera family is very elusive. However, imagine the excitement if you do spot a leopard!
Did you know….?
Leopards have incredible eyes. They can see seven times better in the dark than humans. This is due to their big pupils that allow in more light. Above all, their large eyes also provide them with binocular vision to determine distance accurately. They do, however, see fewer colours than us!
Where Can You Spot a Leopard…Six of the Best Places.
1.Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana
One of the top safari experiences you will find. Moremi Game Reserve is a must for any wildlife fanatic. Most importantly, this tranquil animal sanctuary is famous for its abundance of wildlife. Therefore giving you an almost unrivalled chance to spot a leopard in Africa!
2.Okonjima Nature Reserve, Namibia
This secluded nature reserve is home to the AfriCat Foundation. An organisation that is devoted to the conservation of leopards and hyenas. With their passion and knowledge, you know you’re in the right place to get up close to the big cats of Okonjima and see them thrive in their most natural setting.
3.South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
South Luangwa National Park is a mix of woodlands, river plains and lagoons. Therefore, a perfect environment for leopards. Moreover, encouraging a high population and therefore a great likelihood you’ll see one of these beautiful big cats.
4.Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa
The Kruger is renowned for the Big 5! Furthermore, and most excitingly, the leopard! The Sabi Sands Game Reserve is a private reserve along the border. As you arrive by plane to the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge, you’ll be able to drink in the view and prepare yourself for an incredible stay in the bush!
5.Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The Serengeti National Park is steeped in a history of wildlife research and conservation. A visit in the wet season will offer a fantastic chance of seeing a leopard as they appear in high numbers to hunt.
6.Masai Mara Safari
Early morning game drives in Masai Mara, enable you to see the wildlife at their most active. Notably, big cat film crews have favoured this premier game viewing spot for over a decade. Truly, a reassuring sign you’ll spot a leopard, if not one of the other Big 5, whilst on a game drive!
First Hand Experience
A member of our team in our Eton office, Lynette, adores safaris. She has plenty of first hand knowledge that she would love to share with you. The best person in our team to talk to about your own safari holiday. Moreover, she has even seen a leopard! Lynette says:
“I was very lucky to see a leopard in the grass in Botswana. Even more exciting, I also saw a cub hiding in the undergrowth! There is something very special about seeing animals in their natural surroundings.”
Click on the link to contact Lynette.
After all, they say that a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Unless you see one, you will never really know.